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January 4, 2013

Civil War's Lea to be honored

Corsicana — Music of the Civil War period and a musket salute will be a part of ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery honoring Lt. Col. Albert M. Lea, a historic figure in Corsicana’s past.

The Dallas Heritage Band, a volunteer reenactment band based in Dallas, will provide the music. In keeping with the traditions of the time, the band will play both period era military pieces and funeral hymns.

Dressed in Confederate uniforms, band members use authentic 19th Century reproduction instruments to educate the public about music from this time. The band’s repertoire includes surviving music of the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band, famous for its part in the Battle of Gettysburg. Selections for the Lea ceremonies will include two hymns from Col. Lea’s funeral, “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” and “Rock of Ages.”

The memorial observance also will include a 21 gun salute by uniformed reenactors using reproduction rifled muskets of the period. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will compose the honor guard providing the salute.

Immediately following ceremonies at the cemetery, a reception honoring Col. Lea and his descendants will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 N. 14th Street.

A founder of the church, Lea designed the first St. John’s Church building, and he and his wife are honored in the present edifice with a beautiful stained glass window. The window will be available for viewing in the church.

The event is sponsored by the William Henry Parsons Camp #415, a local affiliate of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The public is invited to attend all activities.


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